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Category Archives: BasqueStage

Wrapping up at Solana

My, how time flies when you’re having fun! I’ve finished another short stage, this time in vinoteca Solana in Tolosa. An intimate wine bar with pintxos and a menu that … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nature in Pais Vasco

The food here is amazing, but so is the landscape. After one solid month of rain, the sun has come out and it feels like spring is finally here. Here … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Visit to Iztueta Dairy Farm

“Careful, that calf is nine days old,” the fourth generation dairy farmer told us. We were kneeling in front of six large stalls with young calves inside, all a little … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

What to make for brunch this weekend: Torrijas

This week at Solana 4, I learned how to make torrijas (tor-REE-has), a Spanish take on French toast. They’re less eggy than the French toast I’m used to, due to … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wrapping up at TPT Bakery

For the past two weeks of my BasqueStage experience , I’ve been working at TPT, a bakery and coffee shop in Beasain. It’s been a quite a change of pace … Continue reading

April 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Visit to Zubia Conservas @BasqueStage

Today Elisha and I had the opportunity to visit Patés Zubia, a local conservera with duck and goose products and piparra pepper pureés. We visited with Javi our sous chef … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Best Damn Brownies Ever

Yep, I’m claiming it. I’m a chocolate enthusiast, and one thing I can confidently say is that I know my way around a brownie. When I was a little girl, … Continue reading

April 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Artzai Eguna – Day of the Shepherd in Ordizia

“Look at all the sheep!” exclaimed my mother, iPhone camera at the ready and mouth spread wide with a smile. We were wandering through the narrow, hilly streets of Ordizia, … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Never Stop Learning…

It’s been an exciting week here in Pais Vasco: Elisha and I have started working in two new kitchens. To allow us to explore more of the gastronomic culture here, … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Video from Martin Berasategui

Last month, a team of photographers and videographers documented life at Martin Berasategui. The finished video features: servers polishing wine glasses in the dining room; Martin joking around with the … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · Leave a comment